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Chocolate Coins May Contain Melamine

Pirates_gold There Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a consumer advisory earlier this month.

Sherwood brand Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate coins are being recalled due to the fact that they contain Melamine, the ingredient in milk product that has caused many infant deaths in China. 

These candies are sold at Costco, as well as many bulk and dollar stores. Please make sure to check your child's Halloween candy and DO NOT LET THEM EAT THE PIRATE COINS (you know the ones wrapped in the shiny gold foil) and please let other parents know about this! [Photo from Sherwood Brands]

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Thanks for helping to get safety messages out to moms. The information about chocolate gold coins and melamine contamination that has been circulated widely on the Internet is partially true, but important safety facts are missing in some of the e-mails that I wanted to correct here.

It’s true that a single shipment of chocolate coins was recalled for melamine contamination in Canada prior to the warning notice. The product was ONLY available at Costco in Canada and has already been reclaimed. A recall is not in place in the U.S because the product was never shipped to the USA and not available here. Only one brand is impacted at this time and the company has been incredibly diligent about working with Canadian government and communicating with the industry throughout the whole process.

Many other companies make chocolate gold coins, especially around this time of year. Most are manufactured in the U.S., Germany, Belgium or Turkey and all are perfectly safe to eat.

U.S. confectionery companies doing business in China have stringent quality control procedures in place for production of candy. These companies began testing product immediately when the alert on melamine contamination of milk was first issued. Additionally, all foods from China containing milk from China are being tested now by FDA at the border prior to entry.

Candy imported from China accounts for less than one percent of all candy sold in the U.S – and the vast majority of that is non-chocolate candy that contains no milk or dairy.

One candy in the U.S. has been recalled due to melamine contamination – White Rabbit candy, a product made in China, by a Chinese company and sold mainly in Asian markets. If you have White Rabbit candy, the Food and Drug Administration advises you to throw it away or return it to the store. Do not eat White Rabbit candy at this time.

You can read the candy industry’s own statement on the issue at www.CandyUSA.org.

There is nothing more important to the industry than ensuring a safe food supply and helping people celebrate a fun and safe and healthy Halloween.

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